Andrew Crane - Sports Reporter

Sports Reporter

My childhood in Buffalo, New York featured inches — and sometimes feet — of snow, long winters with sub-zero wind chills and the constant presence of sports. I read the newspaper daily at my grandparents’ house in elementary school and spent 15 years playing baseball while dabbling in other sports like soccer, basketball and bowling. At Syracuse University, I wrote for The Daily Orange and served as sports editor, covering 10 different teams from Jim Boeheim and men’s basketball to smaller beats like volleyball, tennis and field hockey. I spent last summer with the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Chatham Anglers as a writer, then the fall with the New York Post, and I’ve also written about lacrosse for a national publication and a small-town minor league baseball revitalization for a local outlet. Those experiences helped shape me into a versatile reporter constantly digging deeper than the stats, and now my sportswriting journey has led me to a city full of the stories my instincts have been trained to look for.

  1. Jake LaCava scores two goals in Tampa Bay's win against first-place Memphis, bringing his season total to a team-high nine.
  2. Midfielder Lewis Hilton, seen here during an April match, leads the Rowdies with 86 crosses and 27 chances created this season.
  3. Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs off the Rays Wednesday as the Brewers won 5-3 to complete a two-game sweep at Tropicana Field.
  4. Rays reliever Ryan Thompson is one of two players who won't be traveling with the team to Toronto because of Canada's vaccine mandate.
  5. Ji-Man Choi returns to the Rays’ lineup Wednesday, playing first base and hitting sixth.
  6. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) chases down Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the first period of Game 6 on Sunday night.
  7. Manuel Margot, pictured during Monday's game, likely won't need surgery and will rehab a "significant" patellar tendon strain with the hope of returning later this season, manager Kevin Cash said Friday.
  8. Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) gets a hug from goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35), center, moments after Kadri scored the winning goal in overtime.
  9. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) passes the puck as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews (7) reaches during the second period in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Monday, June 20, 2022 in Tampa.
  10. Leo Fernandes scores a goal for the third consecutive game in the Rowdies' draw against Charleston on Saturday night, giving him five in 15 matches this season.
  11. Jon Cooper (top row, far left) was a slot wide receiver on the 13 Fellows flag football team while at Cooley Law School.
  12. Leo Fernandes, pictured during the 2021 season, switched positions to left wing-back before transitioning to an attacking midfield role in the Rowdies' recent games.
  13. Fans gather at Amalie Arena for the official Lightning watch party of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
  14. Brandon Hagel paired with Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn to limit the effectiveness of the Rangers' top scoring line during the conference final.
  15. Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak checks his face after being hit during the second period Saturday at Amalie Arena.
  16. Noah Fishman sprays Bucs quarterback Tom Brady’s hair at the “Cut and Color for a Cure” event Wednesday at AdventHealth Training Center. The Buccaneers raised $117,000 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and dozens of players and staff members participated in the event. [ANDREW CRANE | Times]

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